Newcastle United could offer competition to West Ham in a January transfer battle for Jesse Lingard, according to EuroSport.
What’s the latest Newcastle transfer news?
While, naturally, much of the focus has been centred around the need to appoint both a manager and a sporting director, it’s obvious that Newcastle need further investment in players when the winter window opens on January 1st.
Indeed, with Mike Ashley refusing to spend on top of the purchase of Joe Willock over the course of the summer, the options currently available on Tyneside look in need of refreshment.
Lingard, who was reportedly mentioned as an early transfer target, is believed to be open to the idea of leaving Old Trafford having barely been involved this season, though former club West Ham and a number of European sides are also believed to be keen.
How many games has Lingard played this season?
Despite scoring 9 times and recording 5 assists in 16 games during a loan spell in East London last season (and duly playing his way back into the England reckoning), Lingard has only been afforded 63 minutes of Premier League action this season.
Within that, he scored a fantastic goal against Newcastle and, given what he did at West Ham last season, could surely offer something in January. With Callum Wilson rather injury-prone, perhaps he could offer some goal threat outside of the England international.
What has been said about Lingard and Newcastle?
Speaking to Football Insider in October, pundit Noel Whelan backed the potential move.
“They should be adding that sort of quality to their team, and be capitalising on players coming out of contract to get them at a bargain price,” he said.
“Man United won’t want to lose Lingard for nothing. Any money coming in for them will be used for a player.
“We saw what he could do at West Ham last season.
“We’re seeing it now with his revived England career and the games he’s come on for United – bar one.
“He’s the right age, and they should get him for a good price.
“He’s a player who can come in and improve anyone’s side.”